By Anne Salazar-Dunbar,
Keeping the brain vital and elastic is a topic of major concern these days. With a focus on Alzheimer's and with the baby boomers heading into their later years, more and more people are looking for ways to keep their mental capacities and abilities strong and viable.
Fortunately, a lot of information and research findings on this topic are readily available. There are many herbs known to be helpful, as well as nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle practices, all of which go hand in hand. With some solid information and a bit of self-discipline, keeping your brain and cognitive abilities strong is not difficult.
First, let's talk about herbs that are great for brain health.
• Gingko biloba: This is a well-known herb used for the purpose of increasing blood supply to the brain. In addition, it neutralizes several kinds of dangerous free radicals that can damage brain cells. Gingko acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, increases neurotransmitter activity, increases sugar metabolism in the brain, increases alpha brain waves associated with mental alertness, and works as an antioxidant to protect the brain.
Interview with Mariah Rose Dahl
by Joe Romano, Marketing Manager
Earlier this year, GreenStar Marketing employee Mariah Rose Dahl entered GreenStar in a contest for the best display highlighting the mission of Gaia Herbs. Her display was picked as a winner, and she and others were invited to the Gaia Farm to see their operations. In the interview below, she shares some of what she experienced there.
Tell us about Gaia Farm.
The Farm is on 550 acres in Brevard, North Carolina. They grow about thirty-five different herbs on the farm, which supplies 25 percent of their crop needs. They were certified organic in 1997. Every year, they're recertified under the Oregon Tilth program, which looks at the supply chain from seed to equipment, how they manage the borders around the farm, crop rotation, pest management, what they use for winter crops, and soil test results. One interesting aspect that reflects the balance they're trying to create is the way they deal with pest management. Instead of trying to chemically wipe out Japanese beetles, which had become a serious pest, they brought in Tiphia wasps, which lay parasitic eggs in the beetle grub. The larvae consume the entire grub, and in the spring the wasps emerge and fly up into the tulip poplar trees, which I thought was a beautiful image of a natural cycle.
What did you notice about the day in the life of a farmer there?
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By Kristie Snyder,
When Pam Wooster’s daughter came home from school and asked her if she knew that the kids used disposable styrofoam lunch trays, she was appalled. She knew that after their 20-minute useful lifespan was over they would just end up in the trash, so she decided to take action. Two years later, the Ithaca City School District’s (ICSD) Food Service Program has switched to compostable trays and reduced its trash by 73 percent.
The new trays, made of sugar ca...